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Aruba Instant vs. NETGEAR Insight Access Points
May 2022
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Pros
"The installation process is very easy.""The installation process is nice and easy.""The Artificial Intelligence on offer is very useful."

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"The most valuable features of Aruba Instant are management and performance.""We like being able to merge Aruba Instant to mobile via Bluetooth. You are also able to perform a lot of functions remotely such as creating an SSID IP.""The cost is low, and there is controller-less architecture.""I can implement it at small sites, and I can also implement it at mid-sized locations. It is very flexible. It is really nice and useful for customers who have many small sites."

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"I'm able to do a lot of things, because the GUI is designed very well. I'm able to remotely make certain changes via my phone and apply them right away. It makes life easier when it comes to managing the equipment. The Insight management solution phone app is very good. It enables me to do what I want to do.""I am all about simplicity. With the Insight management solution, I don’t need an additional cloud controller, appliance, network manager, or PC/server to configure and manage my access points. You have to look at cost, and everything has a cost. There is a cost to using Insight. But if the cost is reasonable, I don't want another layer. The ability to deploy a network and then have that software built-in, without having to go to a third-party, is big. Also, the less pieces that I have to call in on, the better. So, when I'm calling NETGEAR, it's not like I'm using some third-party piece of software to manage their product. It doesn't add that layer of complexity, which is key.""The meshing capabilities are the most valuable feature. When I am going in-between buildings, my phone doesn't have to pick up different WiFi. They are all the same. Even in-between the buildings, I stay connected.""I now have the ability to remote access my network. That works extremely well. I can access it from any place. I don't need to be physically at the device. This saves me on time and travel.""The metrics demonstrate that NETGEAR really does a good job of balancing the load between the various access points on the networks and this results in an elimination of downtime.""From the WiFi aspect, it's very intuitive and easy to use. The solution enables me to manage my entire WiFi from anywhere in the world...""[Being] able to configure the WiFi devices and to see utilization remotely, or from the cloud.""We use NETGEAR's Insight management solution to do off-property controls. It is user-friendly and provides network management, monitoring, and service deployment across multiple remote and local sites. That means I don't have to be physically at a location to do things if I want to make any changes to the network. It saves time and money."

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Cons
"We would prefer it if the solution could be less expensive.""The solution could offer more integration with other products.""The support on offer to other vendors switching - like Aruba or Ruckus - could be improved."

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"I think they're missing roadmaps to the partners and the customers. They're releasing the products, but there are no quick updates to the partners and the customers.""It is good as it is. If anything, its reporting could be improved.""I think that the next release should offer IP phone security/firewall.""Aruba Instant can improve by increasing the gigabit range of the switch or by adding additional management features and tools. It can be helpful."

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"The registration is annoying. I have to go back to NETGEAR and log tickets. Access points and router registration are something that they need to address in Insight. They need to fix the bug of getting the devices activated and enrolled in Insight without fighting with them. I have probably done about six of these in the last month. You get to see patterns.""I have some frustrations with the ease of use. It tends to be sluggish. The graphical interface is pretty, but not useful. They have this tree that shows connected devices, which makes no sense whatsoever because the labeling field of the tree truncates all the items to the point that it's almost useless. You can't even tell what it is. I would prefer a spreadsheet list of the gear as opposed to a graphical representation.""While the data throughput does provide us with full insight into data being used, we find that it's not very accurate.""There is always room for improvement.""A con is the backend system which is very, very slow.""The biggest issue I've had is that it works very well with the WiFi, but it does not offer any assistance at all with the routers. You can't control them or manage them at all. As soon as you want to use anything on the network side—because I have multiple 28-port switches—you can't manage them using this app.""Ubiquiti is a very good company. NETGEAR should look at that model and expand on its remote capabilities. Ubiquiti seems to have a better product.""Software-wise, they need to provide the ability to kick users out. If multiple users are abusing the system or the network, I should be able to block them for a time and, when I need to unblock them, I should be able to do so by using their MAC ID. That feature might already be there and I just don't know about it."

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  • "It is not expensive. Its price is fair. You get many features with the normal licensing. If I look at Cisco, it is very expensive if I need similar things."
  • "The cost was affordable."
  • "Some aspect of the price of Aruba Instant is very economical because if the customer is requiring more features the customer needs to pay a higher amount."
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  • "Price-wise, it is a little too high, about $20 higher than what it should be, but it's worth it. It's cheaper than Cisco's access point, but the products are not apples to apples."
  • "It wasn't much more than 100 dollars a year. For the devices that we have, the pricing was pretty fair."
  • "The pricing seems to be reasonable."
  • "For what you get, the price of Insight access points is very reasonable."
  • "Their pricing is perfect for smaller businesses who are money and budget conscious. There are a lot of other solutions out there that are two to three times more expensive."
  • "I can source the stuff pretty quickly wherever I go through the distributor. There is pricing available at NETGEAR if you can spend between $2,000 and $5,000 on a solution. So, there is special pricing that they can help with. The vendor's reps are very responsive. They have a good channel system."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The installation process is very easy.
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    It's much more technical when compared to other companies. The solution could offer more integration with other… more »
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    We primarily use the solution as a WiFi controller.
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    We researched Ubiquiti and Aruba when looking for a WLAN solution. Ubiquiti offers good WLAN access both indoors and… more »
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    The cost is low, and there is controller-less architecture.
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    I'm able to do a lot of things, because the GUI is designed very well. I'm able to remotely make certain changes via my… more »
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    Insight management's pricing is comparable to Aruba and okay.
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    When it comes to Insight Access Point's throughput, sometimes there's a lag. Sometimes, when you apply a setting, it… more »
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    Overview
    WLC Series Wireless LAN Controllers deliver and manage wireless local area networks with the highest level of reliability, performance, security, and management in the industry. They integrate secure, wireless LANs with any size wired infrastructures, from small branch offices to the largest enterprise or university campus.

    Aruba Instant delivers the only controllerless Wi-Fi solution that is easy to set-up, and loaded with security and smarts needed to accelerate your business without breaking your budget.

    At NETGEAR, we turn ideas into innovative networking products that connect people, power businesses, and advance the way we live. Easy to use. Powerful. Smart. And designed just for you.

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    Apollo Hotel Papendrecht, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Bajaj Capital, Baloise Insurance, BAS Group, Borealis, Danish Crown, Deloitte Belgium, Jan Yperman Hospital, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, MercaSID, S.A., NHTV Breda University, Parklands College and Christopher Robin Pre-Primary, San Antonio Community Hospital, Sandia National Laboratories, Springfield Public Schools (SPS), St. Catherine University, TalkTalk, The Education Village, University of Copenhagen, University of the Highlands and Islands, University of the West of Scotland (UWS), Valdosta State University, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), zulily
    Purdue University, Orlando Magic, Brussels Airport Company, Molecaten Holiday Parks
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    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Transportation Company14%
    Renewables & Environment Company14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
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    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Retailer12%
    Government8%
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    Midsize Enterprise43%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise31%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba Instant vs. NETGEAR Insight Access Points
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Instant vs. NETGEAR Insight Access Points and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    597,415 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Aruba Instant is ranked 9th in Wireless LAN with 4 reviews while NETGEAR Insight Access Points is ranked 7th in Wireless LAN with 8 reviews. Aruba Instant is rated 8.8, while NETGEAR Insight Access Points is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Aruba Instant writes "Fair price, works very well, and is perfect for customers with many small sites". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NETGEAR Insight Access Points writes "Without using a third-party, I can deploy a network with software built-in". Aruba Instant is most compared with Ubiquiti WLAN, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Fortinet FortiWLM, whereas NETGEAR Insight Access Points is most compared with Ubiquiti WLAN, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and D-Link Wireless. See our Aruba Instant vs. NETGEAR Insight Access Points report.

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